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The Art of Shetland Lace Paperback – Jan 1991


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Lacis Pub (Jan. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 091689634X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916896348
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 19.7 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,516,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By shaveandsu@talk21.com on 7 Jan. 2002
Format: Paperback
I came upon this book while trying to find lace shawl patterns for a very special baby. Sarah Don manages to evoke a love of fibre art in every word, with detailed, easy to understand instructions for every asspect of Shetland lace knitting, and even a potted methodology of Shetland spinning. The comprehensive pattern library, complete with instructions, would make even the most harden knitter drool over their design sheets. And for the more sane among us there are instructions for a variety of projects, from a beginners scarf to a complex shawl. Whilst not a book for the beginner knitter it is certainly a must have, not just for those interested in this beautiful art form, but, in my opinion, for knitters everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Taylor on 26 Oct. 2013
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love this book it is just what i have been looking for as it has no charts in it which i cannot do wish there was some more books like this i found the shetland stitches easy to follow as well
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Newer edition available, good stuff inside 13 April 2007
By Book Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is not the be-all and end-all of lace knitting, but it is a great reference for shetland lace. There are photos of some old elaborate shetland garments (including lacy socks), a brief history, 36 traditional lace stitch patterns (though some are more involved that it seems like more than 36), and then patterns for 7 lace garments. Given the age of the original book, the photos are slightly murky by today's standards.

Some of the stitch patterns I recognize from Barbara Walker's dictionaries, but they are done on such fine thread that they have a totally different lacy effect, where in Barbara Walker's dictionaries the resulting fabric was more solid (e.g. arches & columns, and others). It is very good to have the photos here to see the full lace effect, as well as the aesthetic for how these patterns are combined in shetland garments.

The photo on the cover is not one of the garments inside, but from individual stitch patterns and general principles you can plan how to produce something that looks like the cover.

Thanks very much to Lacis for reprinting this book. For some reason at the time of this writing, the ISBN (978-1-891656-80-4) is not in the system, but hopefully it will be soon.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
check other sites 16 Mar. 2007
By nybiblio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book and available elsewhere (i.e., lacis) for sticker price, not the inflated amount charged by sellers here.
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The Art of Shetland Lace 14 Mar. 2013
By Anne - Published on Amazon.com
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A really wonderful book with history, photographs and patterns. I have already made a beautiful shawl, and I keep returning to the book with pleasure. Highly recommended!
Excellant source 23 Aug. 2013
By GeriS - Published on Amazon.com
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Ihave been looking for this book for awhie and all I could find were used books for $600.00. Needless to say I was delighted to see a new printing of this book.
Nice 7 July 2013
By D Conner - Published on Amazon.com
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If you like to knit Shetland or interested in learning the patterns, You will perhaps enjoy taking a look at this book.
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